Samuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Mighty Oak AleSamuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale

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BA SCORE
79
okay

493 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 493
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 12
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 11-18-2011)
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Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A fairly non descript ale that showcases a surprisingly amount of malt complexity and low-lying hop character for a sweeter ale with oak-like tendencies.

Mightly oak pours with a garnet or deep amber color and with bright clarity. A medium froathy head settles on the beer and retains fairly, although not special. Low on lace, the beer's most appealing aesthetics is with the brilliant tawny garnet hue.

Aromas of caramel and malt are the focal points to the nose. Deep caramel, light woody vanilla and a nutty scent round out the aromas. Low on hops and mild on fruitiness, the beer relies heavily on the malt and wood aromatics.

Flavors are equally as simplified- lightly burnt caramel flavors boarder on toffee while the oak offers more caramel, vanilla, and a nutty/woody taste that addes to the complex sweetness. Mildly herbal and soft with non-descript fruitiness of English-like ales offer little to complement the heavy malt influence. Clean, just sweet.

Medium bodied, but the lack of balance gives a heavier impression because of the malt-heavy feel. Drying slightly at mid palate, the beer continues to develop a shy hop bitterness and light tanic bite either from grain or from wood aging. Slight warmth in alcohol keeps the beer drinkable in the end.

Another fine, but less than stellar ale from the Boston Beer Company. When needing a beer for that "malt-fix" this is a good go-to choice. The wood character is terse and is easily overlooked. While the lack of balance keeps the beer one-dimensional, I do appreciate the focus on malt and complementary wood notes. Simply a timid beer overall.

Photo of LBCaterson
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of richkrull
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of N1CK
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of bnes09
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Transparent amber colored ale. Weak head with descent retention and spots of lacing.

Clean smell. Just faint bread grains and cherries.

Mellow malt backbone with mild smoky tones. Hint of cherry sweetness. Medicinal hop bitterness. Tart in the finish.

Medium bodied with crisp carbonation. Finish is on the dry side. Slick texture.

Just ok. Nothing about this beer really blew me away. Simple flavor and a little boring.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this beer up in a "brewmasters selection" variety box at the 1960 and Cutten Spec's. I have never tried a couple of the beers in this series, so I picked it up. Here is the first one:

Appearance: The beer pours a clear amber color with a small tan head of small bubbles that were pretty active and ended up fading back into the beer within about 30 seconds. There was a persistent small ring of foam where the beer meets the glass. There is no lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: I initially got a nice fresh floral hop aroma that was mixing with some sweet toasty malts that reminded me of an Oktoberfest, so there is quite a bit of Munich malt in this beer. The aroma is moving more toward cara-vienna malt as it is warming up some. The hops are mildly floral, but pretty reserved overall.

Taste: The flavor is much different than the aroma alluded to. The overall mouthfeel is dry and that hits you immediately, and the beer is way more attenuated than the sweetness in the aroma let on. There is hops present in the flavor, in that they give you a pretty good dose of flowers in the beginning of the taste, and end up bittering up the finish quite a bit. Overall the malt is the dominant force in the finish, but not by too much. The carbonation is adequate for what this beer is. It is slightly low, but the beer is pretty dry overall, so this is a good thing.

Opinion: This is an alright beer. I was a bit disappointed between the aroma and the flavor. I was expecting quite a bit more deliverance in the flavor, but it ended up being a well attenuated version of what I was expecting. Overall the beer is pretty light on the palate and pretty drinkable, but not one I would come back to unless it was like the only beer on tap at a pizza joint...then I would probably take it over iced tea or something non-beer like.

Photo of DoctorDog
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from this year's spring mix-pack. Pours a dark amber crystal-clear body with a thin film of khaki colored head. Vanilla and wood comprise the aroma. Wood, vanilla, caramel, and nut comprise the flavor. Medium in both body and carbonation. Not bad - decent. Tastes good, but nothing to write home about.

Photo of ricchezza
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear chestnut-red with little to no head on it.

Smells malty sweet, typical of a red ale. This beer has a tanginess that immediately attacks the sides of my tongue. A trace taste of vanilla leaves a silky feeling on the palate. Definitely malt forward with no noticeable hop presence. As suggested by the title, the wood plays a big factor in the taste with positive results.

A very well crafted beer. Another winner from the Boston Beer Co.

Photo of gkunkle
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy amber color. An off white head stands about 1/2 inch tall then settles to a wide ring around my glass with some islands of foam. Smell is of bread, caramel, a little bit of grassy or earthy hops. Taste is smooth, sweet, caramel, vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium, light carbonation. This is a well made beer, it isn't going to turn a lot of heads, but it has solid composition.

Photo of Zaphog
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of KGarrett
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of beerguy36
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light fizzy 1/2 finger head fades at a med pace, no real lacing, clear reddish orange pale malt colored.

Nose malty, light bready and caramel malts, maple, slight musty ester, toasty oak, toasty reddish malts, hint of earthy hops.

Taste juicy malts, toasty reddish malts with hint of caramel, toffee, red candy apple candy, light toasty oak with a hint of vanilla, light eaters as well with a light earthy herbal like hop with a hint of bitterness, light syrupy sweetness. Finish of sweet and a bit sticky, more light oak, bit more reddish malt, syrup, and caramel candy.

Mouth is med bodied, lower but decent carb, a bit sticky and syrupy as well.

Overall not bad, decent malts, a but too sweet and syrupy, nice toasty malts and hint of oak, bit more hops would have helped, as well as dry finish.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hello!

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with an amber/reddish hue. About a half finger of slight off white head is achieved with a gentle pour.

Smell – Heavy malt, chocolate, vanilla, cream.

Taste – Very sweet. Lots of caramel and toffee mixed with a bit of “fake” vanilla. Bready, a hint of oak, and more sweetness.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall – Not very good. Cloying in the sweetness department.

Photo of djaeon
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Goldfishman
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Gmann
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a short dense off white head that settled into a sparse cap.

The aroma is quite malty sweet. Notes of toffee and caramel dominate the profile. There is a candied raisin scent as well as a good shot of vanilla. Not much wood notes from the oak.

The taste is of an amber base with some lemony tea flavors. Again big toffee, caramel, and vanilla sweetness. Vanilla almost tastes artifical, cloying. A bit of a grassy hop.

Moderate body with tingly carbonation. Sweet on the palate but does dry towards the finish.

Really no personality to this beer. A bit too sweet and no noticable oak flavor.

Photo of Suds
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a mixed 12 pack, this beer is a brownish, burnt amber color. Slim head, with good carbonation, and great clarity. The aroma could be more intense, but it is very enticing nonetheless. Nutty, earthy malt character...restrained hops. There is a touch of oak in the smell, but it comes out more in the taste. Slight fruitiness, but otherwise very clean. Just a bit of sweetness in the taste, with generous malt flavors. Full in body. Nice. I could have a few of these.

Photo of magoover
5/5  rDev +44.9%

Photo of jk3
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Bockerdoppel91
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Hokies
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Perfect Pint. Pours a golden to amber colour with a nice off white head and a thin lace.

The aroma is mostly comprised of caramel malts with a light hint of vanilla. Where's the oak?

A light oakiness in the taste and some more vanilla but the sweet caramel malts dominate.

A pretty good beer for a style I don't often drink.

Photo of hardigree2831
5/5  rDev +44.9%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coppery amber in color, clear, one finger head with decent lacing.

Slightly oaky in smell, malty, also with a slightly metallic note.

Taste is pleasantly malty, with notes of vanilla and oak, little hops.

Body is somewhat thin but amply carbonated.

Overall it's not that impressive, not as good as some of their other beers in the sampler pack.

Samuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 493 ratings.